Nick Wayne and Hannah Ellis have two of the best voices in country music. On January 10th, they released a duet titled “Drunk Again” that is heartfelt and honest in both its lyrical content and delivery. The two up-and-comers, who happen to also be dating, sound like they were made to sing together.
“I ain’t ever getting drunk again,” Wayne croons on the opening line. The words bounce off the walls and go right back into Wayne’s cup. He repeats the phrase several times throughout the song as if he’s talking himself out doing something he knows he’ll regret in the morning. The first verse is Wayne promising not to get drunk again: he lays the bottle down, removes the cap, and pours out the remains of the alcohol. By doing this, he feels like he can escape missing his ex.
The song without Ellis’ added harmony would still be incredible, but when her vocals hit in the chorus, it’s as if you didn’t know what you were missing before. Their voices together are rich and it adds so much emotion.
“Drunk Again” was co-written by Wayne, Joe Ginsberg and the queen of writing vulnerable songs, Emily Shackelton. Shackelton is one of the writers behind Carly Pearce’s “Every Little Thing”, a song that holds that same feeling of longing and despair.
Wayne and Ellis’ vocals are haunting, and Josh Kerr, who produced the song elevated everything. There’s a particular type of captivation in all of Kerr’s production that makes any project sound cinematic. At the end of a chorus, instead of letting a beat drop like most would, Kerr has this little fade in that sounds as if the world the artist and listener are in is caving, and it’s just for a split second. The build up of intensity throughout the 3 minute and 21 second song makes it hypnotic.
“Drunk Again” is a really special song. It’s one to turn up all the way when you hear it; it’s impossible for it to ever be background noise. Wayne and Ellis should sing together more often because they seem to not only be in harmony but completely in sync.
“Drunk Again” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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